gradireland Summer Fair: Seminars 2017
Seminar Room 1
Rowan is the Career Guy. He is the founder of Fortify Services, a Dublin-based career management firm and is the author of the best-sellers Where’s My Oasis? and Ultimate CV. From his strong corporate background, he brings a unique perspective to his lectures and talks on career-related matters and now works with both employers and job-seekers helping to put round pegs into round holes. Rowan has written for the Irish Times, the Irish and Sunday Independent, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, Business Plus, Marketing, and Cosmopolitan. He has worked extensively on RTE television and radio, and is a work issues expert for many local radio stations and online recruitment sites.
Paula Coogan is The Quarter Life Coach, Ireland's leading expert on The Quarter Life Crisis. Over the past 5 years, she has worked with hundreds of individuals in their 20s and 30s who were stuck in a rut and she has helped them transform their lives. Through 1-1 coaching and group programmes, Paula guides you to get completely clear on what you want from your life and career, and then she supports you to make it happen. Paula regularly features as a guest expert in national print and radio media.
Seminar Room 2
Laura Jordan is a Fashion Stylist, Image Consultant and Owner of StyleSavvy®. Having developed StyleSavvy® to a full-service style consultancy, Laura offers individual consultations, small-group workshops and large-scale events. Specialising in Corporate Dressing and Workwear Wardrobes, Laura’s popular ‘StyleWorks’ seminar features a comprehensive guide to Interview Style. Working with both established corporations and recent graduates, she addresses Workplace Image with smart, realistic and price-conscious advice. Laura also lectures in Fashion Styling and Image Consultancy in Dublin Institute of Design and is a Fashion Contributor with SaturdayAM on TV3.
Sinéad English is a Career Consultant and works with clients from all industries advising on aspects of the Career Management process, from career planning, online and offline networking and creating job search action plans to writing CVs and interview preparation. She has worked extensively with students through partnerships with several Universities and third level institutions and lectures on Career Management at the University of Limerick. Prior to establishing the career consultancy business Sinéad spent 13 years working as an investment banker for JP Morgan in London.
Dave Kilmartin is Head of Dublin Institute of Technology Career Development Centre. He has an honours degree in Communications from Dublin City University and a Masters degree in Communications and Cultural studies from the same University. He also has a postgraduate qualification in Careers Guidance and Counselling from University College Dublin. He is a fellow of the University of Warwick where is a trainer on guidance skills. He has delivered Guidance Training in Finland and South Africa and is a member of the Executive of the Association of Higher Education Career Services in Ireland.
Finbarr Sheehy has over 25 years’ experience at senior level with some of the best US multinational organisations based in Ireland. He has extensive experience in the areas of Business Improvement, Business Process Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma Deployment, Creativity & Innovation, Change Management and People Development.
Finbarr holds a Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Education (Training & Development). Finbarr is a qualified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He is also a qualified Business Coach, certified by the Irish Institute of Neuro Linguistic Programming. He has held the following positions
Director of Operational Excellence & Training, Wyeth Medica Ireland, Newbridge, Kildare
Continuous Improvement Manager – Wyeth Medica Ireland, Newbridge, Kildare
Skills Training Manager, Process Improvement Engineer – Intel Ireland, Kildare.
Technical Training & Process Improvement Engineer – Intel Ireland, Kildare.
Test Development Engineer – Analog Devices Incorporated, Limerick.
As well as being the founder and Managing Director of Business Excellence.ie he is also currently the Director for Programme Development at Innopharma College of Applied Sciences.
Lean Manufacturing, Lean Enterprise, Enterprise Mapping, Value Mapping, Kaizen Events, Continuous Improvement, Innovative Training, Problem Solving, Supply Chain optimisation, Six Sigma, Lean six sigma & Continuous Improvement Practitioner, Kaizen Event facilitator, Performance Improver, Advanced Lean Tools & Practices, Managing Lean Projects, Team Building – towards a continuous improvement process, Supply Chain optimisation, Effective Leadership & Change Management, Innovative Training – Thinking outside the box.
Julia Lynes, EazyCity GoAbroad, Co-Founder
How can an experience abroad give you a competitive advantage in the job market? There are so many opportunities to spend time abroad how do you decide which one to choose? Where is your budget best invested? What real benefits does learning a language bring? Can you combine your passion for travel with gaining valuable work experience? How do employers rate an experience abroad on your CV? Do people with international experience get paid more? In this seminar, Julia Lynes, co-founder of EazyCity Go Abroad will explore going abroad for study or work experience and how not to waste your time! If you are considering an experience abroad you need to know how it can impact your career journey! Drawing on her own personal experience as well as the thousands of young people who she has helped through EazyCity she will give real insight into how an experience abroad can literally change your life! Julia’s passion lies in helping people to find the best fit for them so that they get the most from their experience abroad. ‘An experience abroad is an unmissable opportunity for young people nowadays but it’s important that they choose and plan carefully to get the most benefit from it now and in the future’.
Seminar Room 3
Rachael has had a relationship with the University for over 14 years, first completing her degree there in Applied Social Science and Psychology. Rachael took up a post in the Course Information Team advising students, parents, mature leaners and employers about course options, entry requirements, student finance and anything related to university life. After 3 years she took up a seconded post working with the University and the Life Long Learning Network (LLN) working with specific colleges and apprentice students advising and preparing them for University Life. Rachael then successfully applied for the Postgradute Recruitment Officer role working with other HEI’s, current students and employers in relation to Postgraduate Study, Funding and Employment opportunities. She has since been made manager of this area due to the ever increasing number of our PGCE and Postgraduate programmes Edge Hill offers. It’s a very exciting time for Postgraduate Study at the moment with a new system of funding introduced by the UK government. There is a real focus on Research now more than ever before too! The UK has always had an excellent history in providing quality and highly sought after Postgraduate courses and our Research is world leading so it’s a very challenging and exciting place to be.
Katriona Crowe, Branch Manager, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Aoife O'Connor, Process Engineer, Intel & Marc Grogan, Software Engineer, Ericsson, Richard Cawley, Audit Assistant Manager, Deloitte
Angela Collins is the Head of Careers and Careers Advisor at Waterford Institute of Technology. She is enthusiastic about working with undergraduate and graduate students to help discover their passions and assist them in developing their career, academic and personal goals. She enjoys interacting with students of many backgrounds and perspectives. Angela is an active member of AHECS and has served on a number of, committees and working groups over the years.